Robert S. Chilton, Jr. (1861-1947) served as chief of the U.S. Consular Bureau of the State Department at a time when the consular service was undergoing some important changes. Born on June 19, 1861, Chilton was the son of Robert S. Chilton, Sr. and Mary Virginia (Brent) Chilton. Chilton, Jr. was drawn to government work, serving in turn, as a State Department clerk from 1877 until 1889, the private secretary to Vice President Levi P. Morton from 1889 to 1893, the State Department chief clerk in 1893, and the chief of the U.S. Consular Bureau of the State Department from 1895 until 1905. During 1897 and 1898, he made a tour of American consulates worldwide. From 1905 until October 1913, Chilton, Jr. held the post of U.S. consul at Toronto, Canada. Notably, in 1906, he was a member of the Consular Reorganization Board. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club, the Arts Club, and the Chevy Chase Club in Washington, D.C. (Source: "Who Was Who in America." Vol. 2. Chicago: Marquis, 1950, p. 114).